One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident

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Note to Self…

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You are NOT as big as a house. You are PREGNANT! Regardless, you can’t really be as big as a house. It’s not humanly possible. Stop exaggerating and cut yourself some slack.

Now go to bed!



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    Laura

    February 10, 2011

    Kudos to you! You are looking AMAZING! You should be so incredibly happy with yourself. You are carrying another person in side of you. Just think of how much fitter you are this time around, and think about how you inspire us EVERY day to strive to be the best we can be. Cut yourself some slack, superwoman! =)

    Dom

    February 10, 2011

    You’re correct, you’re NOT as big as a house. What you ARE is FABULOUS! But you’re also allowed an ‘off’ day, when you don’t feel so brilliant about yourself. Be kind to yourself.

    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun

    February 10, 2011

    Oh I remember that feeling all too well. No fun! And yes – you’re still gorgeous.

    NYCPatty

    February 10, 2011

    Great point! Now remember that today too Gorgeous! :)

    Melia Leoni

    February 10, 2011

    Good point, give yourself a break

    Meghan

    February 10, 2011

    Repeat after me :) ” Just because I think it doesn’t make it true, I am not my thoughts. I lost the baby weight once (and then some!) and I will do it again when the time is right for me.”

    Chelsea

    February 10, 2011

    Hi Roni – So I’m one of “those blog lurkers”. I’ve been reading your site(s) since you had Weight Watchin (that was the name, right?) and I can’t even remember how I found your blog, though I’ve enjoyed every post of it and I’m officially addicted.
    Anyways, sometimes I have these duh epiphanies meaning all of a sudden something will make a common sense idea be so apparent and meaningful (it’s kinda like we all ‘know’ we’re going to die but sometimes the reality of that actually hits you – sorry for the morbid example). So my newest duh epiphany comes courtesy of P!nk’s new song “F**ing Perfect” and it fits in with this post. It’s just one line in her song (though the whole thing is empowering): “Change the voices in your head, make them like you instead”. Everyone always says to make the critical voices in your head shush up. Usually people ask “would you let someone say that to you?”, but in P!nk’s song it’s more like would you say that to someone else? Is that voice in your head representative of who you are? Are you a mean, judgemental person with unnecessarily high expectations for people? (If yes, then disregard this rambling :P). Probably not…when your friend says that she’s fat, you encourage her, point out her strengths, and remind her of her beauty. That’s YOU, so make those voices in your head more like you. Easier said than done, I know, but maybe this different way of thinking about it will help us be kinder to ourselves (and therefore not tell ourselves we are the size of a house :) ). Thank you for doing what you do!

    Sheila

    February 10, 2011

    Roni…don’t listen to that little voice because for being 30 weeks, you’re TINY!!! You don’t even have that big of a belly yet! Just keep doin’ what your doin’! It’s a real inspiration to a lot of people! =)

    Christine (in CA)

    February 10, 2011

    ….. you and Evan are healthy!
    Your doing a great job keeping every ball in the air including continue to provide healthy food for your family.
    You are in inspiration to many and to yourself. I ♥ U

    Laura

    February 10, 2011

    Just looking at the right margin there with pictures of the food you’ve been making lately… baked wings for the Super Bowl, green smoothie shared with The Kid, sandwich with portabella as the “bread” …lady, you are doing AMAZING. Your body is full of the right kind of nutrients for your amazing little baby. He is going to come out like friggin Tarzan, ready to run a marathon! Keep the body image in check, and pretty soon you’ll have your body back just like you like it.

    Julie

    February 10, 2011

    Good point! I am not pregnant and I feel the same way so next time I am about to start to say or think that same thought I will remember, it is just not possible! Thanks!!

    Faith Ellens

    February 10, 2011

    Oh please don’t think that Roni! You look gorgeous! Be healthy and eat healthy foods for you and your little cupcake!

    Jen C

    February 10, 2011

    Hi Roni!

    I just want you to know that while this was a ‘note to self’ it was exactly what I needed to hear :o) I’m 27 weeks along in my 3rd pregnancy, and am a Lifetime WW member and a runner. The past few weeks I’ve been watching the scale climb and my body expand.

    I wish I could control my appetite and cravings better, but with all the stress lately I’ve been eating way more than I should, some healthy and some not. On top of eating too much, I haven’t been getting in my normal workouts due to sick children and the snow storms. I’ve been getting down about it…until I read your post this morning :o)

    I *know* that I’m not gaining over the recommended amount of weight so far, I *know* I make fairly healthy choices for my meals, allowing for a few too many chocolate treats (OH WELL), and I *know* that I’ve been successful at returning to my pre-pregnancy goal weight twice already. So why do I allow myself to get into the “stinkin’ thinkin” of I’m the size of a house or a mammoth (my daughters have been on an Ice Age 2 & 3 kick and I often compare myself to Ellie, the pregnant Mammoth)??

    Coming into work this morning, I was extremely bummed after having weighed myself (my weekly day to weigh at home) UNTIL I read your Note to Self :o) It was then that I realized I am being too hard on myself. I’m not huge, I’m pregnant and have gained an appropriate amount of weight so far. I try my best to get 3-4 workouts in a week and add in “Random Acts of Fitness” (i.e. wall/counter push ups, extra trips up&down my 15 steps at home, parking further out in the parking lots, etc). Life has just been extremely stressful lately, and unfortunately eating is much easier and requires less energy than my treadmill or other workouts after a very long day.

    Please forgive my mostly self-centered post. I hope that it gives you the sense of “you are not alone and you are not the only one feeling this way” that I have had since this morning after reading your kind words to yourself. I enjoy reading your blogs, and find them very reassuring that doing the best you can to be healthy (not perfect) is all anyone can do :o)

    THANKS SO MUCH, Roni!

    Jenny

    February 10, 2011

    You are so notbigasahouse! You look like a beautiful, fit pregnant women! I know how you feel though sitting here at 18 weeks with #2. Don’t forget to EJOY this time, you are really only pregnant for a short period of time in the big picture then it’s all over! Have kind thoughts for your body that is doing this amazing thing!

    Jenny

    February 10, 2011

    ENJOY…that is

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    February 19, 2011

    Oh please don’t think that Roni! You look gorgeous! Be healthy and eat healthy foods for you and your little cupcake!
    Thank you for post